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WASTE TO WEALTH: SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD OF WASTE WORKERS IN BANGLADESH
Mehe Zebunnesa Rahman, Sohela Mustari

Last modified: 2017-09-26

Abstract


The objective of this paper is to examine the factors affecting the waste collection to poverty reduction among the waste workers in Dhaka city, Bangladesh. Particular interest is on the question whether the contribution of some determinants actively plays a role in reducing the possibility of being poor. There is  a potential for the waste picking sector to play an important role in alleviating poverty of the waste workers. This research provides the empirical evidence for answering this question by estimating a Structural Equation Model using primary data gathered within Dhaka city, Bangladesh. Research results showed that the variable social recognition of the respondents, and various training programs for waste collectors, were significant predictors at 5% level of significance. The findings of this study imply that promoting organized and systematic waste management activities, such as intensifying urban industrialization with formal sector, will have a positive impact on efforts to reduce poverty. The study results will provide inputs and recommendations which will aid the environmental and waste management planners in their decision making, especially on waste management for waste workers in order to create more opportunities in the informal sector.


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